Monday, January 09, 2012

Some Soccer News for Mon Jan 9, 2012

STARTERS

Did you see the trio of goals that Clint Dempsey scored for Fulham in the FA Cup this past weekend. He is been on FIRE lately. See those goals right here.



















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Landon Donovan also contributed to an Everton win in the FA Cup putting in a corner kick that was finished off with a fine header for the games first goal.

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Italy & the USA have officially announced that they will play a friendly on Wed Feb 29 in Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. You will be able to see the game at 1:45pm CT on ESPN2.

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With David Beckham in the stands, Thierry Henry scored the game's only goal to lead Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup today. Not a bad return!
-See the goal right here.

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The 2012 NSCAA Convention will take place January 11-15 in Kansas City MO. Included in this will be the MLS SuperDraft on Thu Jan 12. du Nord will be there. Will you?

FIFA 2011 AWARDS

Ballon d'Or:
Lionel Messi - Argentina & Barcelona
-Winner for the 3rd time in row.
-Nominated for the 5th time in a row.

Sid Lowe of the Guardian says Messi has no comparisons.

World XI:
Iker Casillas - Spain & Real Madrid
Dani Alves - Brazil & Barcelona
Gerard Pique - Spain & Barcelona
Sergio Ramos - Spain & Real Madrid
Nemanja Vidic - Serbia & Manchester United
Andres Iniesta - Spain & Barcelona
Xabi Alonso - Spain & Real Madrid
Xavi Hernandez - Spain & Barcelona
Lionel Messi - Argentina & Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal & Real Madrid
Wayne Rooney - England & Manchester United

Women's Player of the Year:
Homare Sawa - Japan & Kobe Leonessa

Goal of the Year:
Neymar - Brazil & Santos
-See the goal here.

Special Presidential Award:
Sir Alex Ferguson - Scotland & Manchester United

Women's Coach of the Year:
Norio Sasaki - Japan

Men's Coach of the Year:
Pep Guardiola - Barcelona

STORY OF THE DAY

“We didn’t expect him to adapt so well and so quickly. It’s rare for a foreign player to become a starter and do so well in their first season in Italy, but he’s showed all his worth and we’ve been very impressed— he’s improving game by game and become a key member of the squad.”

Andrew Dampf of the AP with an article on/interview with Michael Bradley of the USA & Chievo, who has been dubbed General Bradley by the Italians.

TEAM USA - EL EQUIPO DE TODOS

The annual January training camp is currently in effect in Phoenix AZ then moves to Carson CA, and ends with the game in Panama.

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US Soccer does a Q & A with Michael Parkhurst.

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A couple of in-house games during training camp:
-Fri Jan 13 & Tue Jan 17
USA v USA U23
in Carson.

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International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jan 21
USA v Venezuela - 8pm CT on ESPN3.com & Galavision
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
-Wed Jan 25
Panama v USA - 7:30pm CT on Galavision.
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez

NOTE: US Soccer takes a step backward with these two games - no English language television! Boooooo Creepy Footdoctor.

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The Venezuala roster was announced today (Including 2 names that any MLS fan will recognize.)
G:
Alan Liebeskind - Lara
Leonardo Morales - Anzoategui
D:
Joel Caceres - Lara
Gabriel Cichero - Lens
Javier Gonzalez - Petare
Rubert Quijada - Monagas
Carlos Rivero - Anzoategui
Andres Rouga - Tachira
Carlos Salazar - Anzoategui
Jose Manuel Velazquez - Mineros
M:
Angel Chourio - Real Esppor
Diomar Diaz - Petare
Agnel Flores - Mineros
Francisco Flores - Anzoategui
Edgar Perez Greco - Lara
Alejandro Guerra - Mineros
Diego Guerrero - Tachira
Miguel Mea Vitali - Lara
F:
Richard Blanco - Petare
Darwin Machis - Mineros
Alejandro Moreno - Chivas USA
Hermes Palomino - Cherno More
Emilio Renteria - Columbus Crew
Jose Reyes - Anzoategui

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USA Roster
G:
Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire SC
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
D:
Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo
AJ DeLaGarza - LA Galaxy
Zach Loyd - FC Dallas
Jeff Parke - Seattle Sounders
Michael Parkhurst - FC Nordsjaelland
Heath Pearce - CD Chivas USA
M:
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Ricardo Clark - Eintracht Frankfurt
Brad Evans - Seattle Sounders
Benny Feilhaber - New England Revolution
Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
F:
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
CJ Sapong - Sporting Kansas City
Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

USA U23/OLYMPIC TEAM

Currently training in Carson CA.

On the 18th the team goes to Costa Rica for two matches.

International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Sat Jan 21
Saprissa Reserves v USA U23
-Tue Jan 24
Alajuela v USA U23

Roster
G:
David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes
Zac MacMath - Philadelphia Union
D:
Gale Agbossoumonde - Estoril Praia
Sebastien Ibeagha - Duke
Kofi Sarkodie - Houston Dynamo
Zarek Valentin - Montreal Impact
Jorge Villafana - Chivas USA
Andrew Wenger - Duke
Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia Union
M:
Isaac Acuna - Merida
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek
Dilly Duka - Columbus Crew
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz
Sebastian Lletget - West Ham
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Kelyn Rowe - UCLA
Michael Stephens - LA Galaxy
F:
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia Union
Josh Gatt - Molde
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union
Tony Taylor - Atletico CP

BIG EUROPEAN CLUB MATCHES

Barcelona wore all black this weekend and paid the funeral parlor price as they were tied by city rivals Espanyol and fell 5 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga.
-Sid Lowe of the Guardian with the story.

DO YOU REALIZE

Gabriele Marcotti of the Wall Street Journal looks at the convention of the MLS players loaned to European teams during the off season.

HMMMMM, VERY INTERESTING

I think most of the soccer world was shocked on Sunday to see Paul Scholes come out of retirement and play for Manchester United in their FA Cup derby win over Manchester City.

WELL WELL WELL

Luk Wileman of TSN talks to Toronto head coach Aron Winter who has been in charge of the team 1 year now.
-He is much more upbeat than you think he might be.

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Arch Bell at ESPN talks to Freddy Adu about his recent training stint at Rayo Vallecano in Spain.
-I hope I am wrong, but Freddy comes off as delusional here, seeming to think that Rayo is ready to sign him. Freddy needs to learn to shut up and play. We saw very little from him in Philly last summer and fall.

MLS TEAM & PLAYER NEWS

General News

Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review Journal asks the question - what has Beckham done for soccer in America.

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Gerry Dobson of Sports Net looks at what Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal are up to at the player combine.

SuperDraft

Take places Thu Jan 12 in Kansas City MO at 11am CT.

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Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated tells us what he thinks each team will be looking for in the draft.

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The Guardian has supporters of the 19 MLS teams tell us what their team needs in the draft.

Player Transactions

Chicago has officially announced the signing of 27 year old Colombian midfielder Rafael Robayo from Millonarios.

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New England has signed two Colombians from America de Cali - 27 year old centerback John Lozano & 23 year old midfielder Fernando Cardenas.

CD CHIVAS USA

Kevin Baxter of the LA Times writes the article we see every single year at this time - What is it going to take for Chivas USA to get out from under the shadow of the LA Galaxy?

LA GALAXY

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated is not surprised that David Beckham would pass on going to play in Paris.

MONTREAL IMPACT

Former Chicago Fire head coach Denis Hamlett has been hired as an assistant coach by Montreal.

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Nick Sabetti of Sports Net on what the Impact needs from the Superdraft.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

LE Eisenmenger of the Examiner with more on the Revs two new Colombian players.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

PPL Park is rumored to be the site of next summer's All Star Game.

REAL SALT LAKE

RSL has signed midfielder Ned Grabavoy to a new contract.
-With Andy Williams retired Grabavoy is going to have to play a big role if the team is to succeed next season.

TORONTO FC

Nigel Reed of the CBC sees Thomas Rongen as the right choice to run the TFC academy program.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

Marc Weber of the Province tries to figure out what we can expect from Omar Salgado in Year 2.

NASL NEWS

San Antonio announced today that they are going to build their own 6000 seat stadium.
-Here are some images.

COLLEGE SOCCER

Forward Andrew Wenger from Duke has been named the 2011 Hermann Trophy winner aka the college player of the year.
-He has already signed an MLS contract.

USA U20 TEAM

10 day training camp Jan 2-12 in Ft Lauderdale.

USA U20 roster
G:
Jesus Guzman - Santos Laguna
Daniel Medina - UANL Tigres
Tyler Miller - Northwestern
Andrew Wolverton - Penn State
D:
Bolu Akinyonde - Seton Hall
Mikey Ambrose - FC Dallas Academy
AJ Cochran - Wisconsin
Sean Cunningham - Molde
Phanuel Kavita - Clemson
Eric Miller - Creighton
Juan Pablo Ocegueda - UANL Tigres
Boyd Okwuonu - North Carolina
Jalen Robinson - DC United Academy
Matt Wendelken - Marist
DeAndre Yedlin - Akron
Walker Zimmerman - Furman
M:
Seth Casiple - Cal
Daniel Cuevas Granados - Santos Laguna
Hector Delgado Cha - America
Christian Duarte - Texans SC Houston
Daniel Garcia - FC Dallas Academy
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Flavio Guzman - FC Dallas Academy
Collin Martin - DC United Academy
Tyrone McCargo - Nuremberg
Caleb Stanko - Freiburg
Wil Trapp - Akron
Jose Villarreal - LA Galaxy
F:
Villyan Bijev - Fortuna Dusseldorf
Amadou Dia - Clemson
Alfred Koroma - Solar Chelsea
Duke Lacroix - Penn
Uvaldo Luna - UANL Tigres
Jack McBean - LA Galaxy
Sean Okoli - Wake Forest
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecaps

USA U18 TEAM

8 day training camp Mon Jan 2-10 in Ft Lauderdale.

USA U18 Roster
G:
Ethan Horvath - Real Colorado
Zackary Steffen - FC Delco
D:
Miguel Alves - PDA
Robert Michael Amick - De Anza Force
Suliaman Dainkeh - DC United Academy
Dylan Greenberg - Albertson SC
Trevor Haberkorn - Solar Chelsea
Matthew Habrowski - Crew Soccer Academy Wolves
Jalen Markey - Seattle Sounders FC Academy
Miguel Polley - Chicago Fire Academy
M:
Kellyn Acosta - FC Dallas Academy
Osvaldo Chavez - Texas Rush
Marco Delgado - CD Chivas USA Academy
Nicholas Gaitan - Argentinos Juniors
Romain Gall - FC Lorient
Adam Najem - New York Red Bulls Academy
William Raygoza - LA Galaxy Academy
F:
Jordan Allen - Real Salt Lake AZ
Paul Arriola - Arsenal FC
Justin Dhillon - LA Galaxy Academy
Benjamin Lopez - Real Salt Lake AZ
Zach Pfeffer - Philadelphia Union
Ben Spencer - CD Chivas USA Academy
Jaime Villareal - LA Galaxy Academy

AMERICANS IN EUROPE

ENGLAND - FA Cup - Round of 64
Matches & Scores:
Clint Dempsey - Fulham - went the full 90 scoring a hat-trick as they won 4-0 v Charlton.
Landon Donovan - Everton - played the whole game as they won 2-0 v Tamworth.
Conor Doyle - Derby County - on the bench as they won 1-0 v Crystal Palace.
Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - in goals for the full 90 as they won 1-3 at Bristol Rovers.
Marcus Hahneman - Everton - on the bench as they won 2-0 v Tamworth.
Tim Howard - Everton - went the distance and won 2-0 v Tamworth.
Danny Potts - West Ham - - played the full match getting a yellow card but losing 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham - went the full 90 as they drew 0-0 v Wolverhampton.
Zak Whitbread - Norwich - played the whole game getting a yellow card as they won 4-1 v Burnley.

ISRAEL - Ligat Al
Ryan Adeleye - Hapoel Be'er Sheva - on the bench as they tied 1-1 v Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Bryan Gerzicich - Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they won 2-0 v Hapoel Rishon Lezion.
Leo Krupnik - Maccabi Netanya - played the whole match getting a yellow card and losing 2-1 at Beitar Jerusalem.

ITALY - Serie A
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona - went the full 90 but lost 2-0 at Roma.

PORTUGAL - Primeira Liga
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting - went the distance but drew 0-0 v Porto.

PORTUGAL - Liga de Honra
Caleb Patterson-Sewell - Atletico CP - went the full 90 as they drew 1-1 at Uniao Madeira.

SCOTLAND - Scottish Cup - Round of 32
Alejandro Bedoya - Rangers - on the bench as they won 0-4 at Arbroath.
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers - went the full 90 getting a yellow card as they the won 0-4 at Arbroath.
Mo Edu - Rangers - played full game as they the won 0-4 at Arbroath.

AMERICANS IN MEXICO

Christopher MCollum of Yanks Abroad talks to Herculez Gomez about his big season ahead at Santos Laguna.

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Game Action:

PRIMERA DIVISION
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla - started and went 55 min as they drew 0-0 v Atlas.
Ricardo Bocanegra - Atlas - came on as a sub in the 67th min as they tied 0-0 at Puebla.
Jonathan Bornstein - Tigres UANL - on the bench as they drew 1-1 at Cruz Azul.
Edgar Castillo - Tijuana - went the full 90 as they tied 1-1 at Morelia.
Joe Benny Corona - Tijuana - came on as a sub at half time as they tied 1-1 at Morelia.
Greg Garza - Tijuana - came on as a sub in the 73rd min as they tied 1-1 at Morelia.
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna - came on as a sub in the 74th min but they tied 0-0 v Pachuca.
Sonny Guadarrama - Atlante - on the bench as they won 0-1 at Guadalajara.
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis - played the full match and they won 1-0 v Pumas.
Jose Torres - Pachuca - went the distance as they drew 0-0 at Santos Laguna.

LIGA DE ASCENSO (2nd division)
Marco Vidal - Leon - on the bench as they won 2-0 v Correcaminos.
Isaac Acuna - Merida - came on as a sub in the 80th min as they won 2-0 v Necaxa.

MEXICO

The Primera Division Clausura began this past weekend!

America & Toluca both got off to good starts.

Opening Round
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Jan 6
Morelia 1-1 Tijuana
-Sat Jan 7
Monterrey 2-1 Chiapas Jaguares
Queretaro 0-2 America
Cruz Azul 1-1 UANL Tigres
Santos Laguna 0-0 Pachuca
Guadalajara 0-1 Atlante
San Luis 1-0 UNAM Pumas
-Sun Jan 8
Toluca 3-1 Estudiantes Tecos
Puebla 0-0 Atlas

ENGLAND

Queens Park Rangers has fired head coach Neil Warnock.

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English FA Cup - Round of 64
-Here are all the Matches & Scores from Fri Jan 6 to Mon Jan 9.

Gregg Roughley, Alan Gardner and Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian with five things we learned from the FA Cup this weekend.

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English League Cup - Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
1st Leg
-Tue Jan 10
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
-Wed Jan 11
Manchester City v Liverpool

SPAIN

Thomas Michalakos of Sports Net sees the big money owners of Malaga doing a very good job buidling their team.

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Copa Del Rey - Round of 16
Matches & Scores:
2nd Leg
-Tue Jan 10
Racing Santander v Mirandes (0-2)
Mallorca v Real Sociedad (0-2)
Malaga v Real Madrid(2-3)
-Wed Jan 11
Levante v Alcorcon (1-2)
Espanyol v Cordoba (1-2)
Sevilla v Valencia (0-1)
-Thu Jan 12
Athletic Bilbao v Albacete (0-0)
Osasuna v Barcelona (0-3)

FRANCE

Coupe de France - Round of 64
-Matches & Scores from Fri Jan 6 to Mon Jan 9.

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Coupe de la Ligue - Quarterfinals
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Jan 10
Caen v Marseille
-Wed Jan 11
Nice v Dijon
Le Mans v Lorient
Lyon v Lille

ITALY

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian looks at the Palermo revolving door of coaches and the rest of the weekend in Serie A.
-Inter Milan has won 7 of the past 8 games and only allowed 3 goals in that time.

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Coppa Italia - Round of 16
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Dec 8
Juventus 2-1 Bologna
-Tue Dec 13
Palermo 4-4 Siena - Sie advances 3-0 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
-Tue Jan 10
Lazio v Hellas Verona
-Wed Jan 11
Udinese v Chievo
Roma v Fiorentina
-Thu Jan 12
Napoli v Cesena
-Wed Jan 18
Milan v Novara
-Thu Jan 19
Inter v Genoa

EUROPE

Taca de Portugal - Semifinals
Matches & Scores:
1st leg
-Tue Jan 10
Sporting CP v Nacional
Academica v UD Oliveirense
2nd Leg
-Tue Feb 7
Nacional v Sporting CP
UD Oliveirense v Academica

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